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English nameKinlocheil
Gaelic nameCeann Loch Iall
Meaninghead of loch Iall
Genitive formCheann Loch Iall

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmallie
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH33
Relevant main roadsA830
OS sheet numberA830
OS grid referenceNM979791
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG ceann ~ head, end of; loch ~ loch; iall obscure element
Element typelawtopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. ceann, masc. ‘head, end’ + gen. sg. loch, masc. ‘loch’ + gen. sg. Iall obscure element = ‘head of loch Iall’.
Chanlaycheil 1495 RMS ii no. 2281
Loch Eil: Lochille 1516 RSS i no. 2872
Loch Eil: Loch Yell c. 1590 Pont map 22v
Keand lochyiell c. 1620 Pont text 85v
Chanlocheill 1608 Retours (Inverness) no. 21
Loch Eil = Lochyeld 1630 Geog. Coll. ii, 221
Loch Eil = Loch - Iol 1654 Blaeu Map (Breadalbane)
Loch Eil = Loch en Yell 1654 Blaeu Map 34
Loch Eil = Lochzeld 1695 Retours (Argyle) no. 93
Lochiall 1874 TGSI vol.III, 125 who?
Ceann Loch Ial MacMillan, 261
Ceann Loch Iall MacKinnon, 18
Ceann Loch Iall Mac an Tàilleir
Ceann Loch Iall previous signage
Ceann Loch Ial TM
Additional infoThe meaning is obscure, but the Gaelic form is established. The old forms point to Iall ~ (thong, strap, which may refer to the shape of the loch) rather than Ial.
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